No plot spoilers
This recording can easily stand alone without Vol. 1 and 2 of the three part set. I just picked up at the start of Vol. 3 and it was great. I didn't feel that I had missed anything that prohibited my understanding of the material presented. There wasn't the feeling that I'd come late to "class" and I was playing catch-up. I may go back in future and get Vol.1 and 2, but for now this is more than enough to absorb. As to the recording-- it is beautifully done and makes for a powerful listening experience. Highly recommended.
Jack Kornfield has the most calming, even and balanced speaking voice and manner that just listening to him is centering all on its own. But, be aware--his message trumps his fantastic presentation style--which is really saying something. Positive and uplifting. Highly recommended as a wonderful listening experience.
I read for fiction for fun, and non-fiction about things I am curious about.
This book is fantastic. If you have had one or several experiences with significantly altered spiritual awareness, this book is probably for you. I loved it because I finally found a book that actually is directly related to my personal spiritual experiences. Most spiritual books are about the author’s personal spiritual experience. You will probably find that this book is related to your personal spiritual experiences.
Adyashanti writes about his own experiences, and his discussions with others regarding their personal spiritual experiences. The truth is that for most people these deep spiritual experiences are temporary. After a period we go back to a normal consciousness. And we have no idea why we suddenly had the experience, and how to get it back. We remember it intellectually, but we do not experience it any more. We remember the deep love, peace and spiritual connection and understanding we felt with everything, but we do not feel it any more. In this book Adyashanti suggests how we can we use this intellectual memory of the spiritual experience, when the actual spiritual consciousness has ended.
Personally I really needed this book, also because I never have discussed my personal spiritual experiences with anyone. I never did because I do not know how I can do that without seeming crazy? The book is fantastic because Adyashanti has described it in a way that I know is true, because I have experienced myself. For this reason, I strongly recommend this book if you personally have experienced a altered state of consciousness, where you for a period felt a very deep spiritual awareness. I believe everyone who is interested in spirituality would benefit from reading this book. It discusses how we handle situation where we no longer feel the deep spiritual awareness, but we only have an intellectual memory of it. This is the challenge with all spiritual description.